This Was Brainerd - Aug. 17

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.



20 years ago (2002)

Business is booming here. Cub Foods had a grand opening for its new store in the East Brainerd Mall complex, where leases are already signed by Great Clips, Birgit's Jewelers and JC Penney. In Baxter, Lastigo's Steakhouse just opened outside BIR on Hwy 371, and Godfather's Pizza is coming to a location near Best Buy.

30 years ago (1992)

For the seventh time since 1967, Brainerd voters will be asked whether there should be Sunday liquor sales in the city. The last time the question was raised was in 1977, when the referendum failed by a vote of 662 yes and 1,162 no. No one spoke against Sunday liquor at the special hearing yesterday. The vote will be on Nov. 3.


40 years ago (1982)

At last night's city council meeting, Mayor C. Elmer Anderson took to task those city employees who don't live where they work. But he couldn't stop a change in the residency requirement for police. The change will allow officers to live as far away as 15 miles from the city. Anderson said that the large number of non-resident employees has always bothered him.

60 years ago (1962)

The county fair continued to run far ahead of last year as far as attendance is concerned. Totals released this morning showed a total of 18,792 for the first three days, compared to 14,711 for the same period last year. Final day of the fair is tonight.

80 years ago (1942)

A Brainerd officer in the 194th Tank Battalion is believed to have downed a Japanese plane on the fourth day after the United States declared war on Japan. A letter written months ago by Sgt. Howard Larson, and just now received, says that Lt. Russell Swearingen is credited with downing the plane.

100 years ago (1922)

In an interview with the Dispatch, Miss Eula Michael, city and school nurse, said there are 36 Brainerd children who now know the joy of cleaned and repaired teeth due to the dentists who volunteered to care for the children free of charge. It would have been impossible for them to have afforded the care otherwise.


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